Judd Trump (@1.25) vs David Gilbert (@3.75)
11-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Judd Trump will win

Judd Trump – David Gilbert Match Prediction | 11-09-2019 02:00

Judd Trump Bearing in mind that he earned more points than anyone last season, and that Ive tipped him to be the star of the new season, it follows that I expect Trump to be number one soon. If he gets back there, he could very well stay on top for five or six years this time. Its been largely forgotten that hes already been number one when he was 23, but it was only for a very short while.

Undoubtedly one of the matches of the round, twice former runner-up Ali Carters reward for emerging from the qualifiers is a date with fellow Englishman Jack Lisowski. One possible bone of contention is that, while Carter ought to be warmed up nicely following three routine wins in qualifying, the Captain didnt actually play anyone higher in the rankings than Jimmy White at number 78. Lisowski has come a long way since his 13-1 humiliation at the hands of John Higgins in the second round last year, reaching two ranking event finals and breaking into the elite top 16 for the first time in his career. The pair has met only once before, back in 2015 when the Dude pipped Carter in a decider at the International Championship and it could very well be that close again here. Along with the experienced Perry and Dott, Carter is probably the player most of the seeds wanted to avoid. Whether hes been suitably tested or not could be an interesting factor. Still, this affair is practically a flip of a coin.

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Still, while Zhou should represent a decent workout for Allen, its hard to look past the 33 year-old in terms of reaching the last 16 on this occasion. Allen skipped the China Open, an unusual decision that cost him his spot in an easier looking top half of the draw. The Northern Irishman has been one of the players of the season, although things have gone a touch quiet since he captured a brace of ranking titles and reached the UK Championship final at the end of the calendar year. The 2009 semi-finalist will be hoping that the advantage to all that will be a fresh outlook ahead of the sports most vigurous examination. Another mouthwatering prospect in this bracket of the 2019 World Snooker Championship draw is the match between Mark Allen and Zhou Yuelong. To some critics out there, the Chinese players are often unfairly being labeled as failures and underachievers, which is somewhat hilarious considering the majority of them are either teenagers or in their early twenties. Zhou is one of the leading protagonists in the huge pack of young Chinese stars that are emerging.

Murphy is on a bit of a hiding to nothing in this one and he could find himself in trouble if he cant stamp his authority on the contest quickly. The Magician has lost all of his tricks and has been a constant loser in the early rounds of ranking events this season. Probably the most damning statistic is that, on the one-year rankings list, Murphy squeaks just inside the top 50 at number 48. Luo Honghao, meanwhile, is another one of the Chinese debutants and at 19 is the only teenager in the field. What has happened to Shaun Murphy? That youthful exuberance could stand the rookie in good stead and Murphy isnt a stranger to disappointing defeats to young Chinese players, with Yan Bingtao, Zhao Xintong, and Yuan Sijun all notably taking the scalp of the 2005 world champion as inexperienced challengers in the past. Murphy won the Champion of Champions and reached several ranking event finals last season but since relocating to Ireland in the summer his game has been in tatters.

In a first round draw that is full of eye-catching ties, this one is possibly not one that especially stands outs. The Belgian endured a terrible time after that breakthrough success but this months semi-final appearance in the China Open has provided a signal of a return to form. Making his fourth bow at the Crucible, Brecel will be hoping that the obstacle of Wilson can lead to a stepping stone to greater glories in the event. Still, theres an opportunity for both of these players to reach the second round at the Crucible for the first time in their careers. Luca Brecel relied heavily on his China Championship victory from last season to remain inside the top 16 and gain one of the crucial automatic berths. The last time Gary Wilson qualified he played Ronnie OSullivan so hell be thankful that he has been granted with a more realistic path into the last 16. When on his game, Brecel is a dangerous threat to anyone and its easy to forget that hes still only 24.

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Against Martin Gould, Williams probably could have received an easier opening challenge. Gould famously led Neil Robertson 11-5 in the second round in 2010, only for the Australian to fight back and proceed to capture his one and only world title. Yet, its been a miserable time on the circuit for the Pinner Potter of late and he has been in danger of dropping outside the worlds top 32. As always, theres great expectation in learning who the defending champion will receive in the first round draw. Goulds performances at the Crucible havent been notable since and the experience, not to mention cool head, of Williams should prove to be the vital difference. Mark Williams produced an unbelievable performance twelve months ago to surprise the pack and claim a third world crown, 15 years after his last success. A former ranking event winner, Gould has the type of game that can trouble any opponent on his day. The Welshman has been enjoying a year-long celebration since then and its fair to say that his game has suffered a touch as a result. Williams has lost the consistency that was a cornerstone of his game last season.

Two of the most enjoyable players to watch on the entire circuit when in full flow, this could really be a barnstorming battle between a pair of heavy scorers. The latter has come a long way, though, since his desperate first round defeat to Rory McLeod in 2017. Un-Nooh gave John Higgins a decent run on his debut in 2018 and Trump can probably expect a similarly tough test next week as the Thai returns for a second crack at the Crucible. A possible crucial quarter-final with OSullivan awaits but first Trump will have to take the necessary precautions to overcome a skillful opponent in Un-Nooh. Trump, now a Masters champion, has matured immensely since then and is rightly considered to be one of the favourites for the title overall. Un-Nooh, the quickest player on the tour, is capable of running off frames in quick succession and one suspects that the 34 year-old will need that kind of fire power in order to match Trump. As you can see, the bottom section is littered with thrilling looking ties and this one is no different. The first couple of players out of the bag in Thursday mornings draw were Judd Trump and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

Like all the qualifiers, Dott has useful victories in the qualifiers under his belt and it will be interesting to see whether or not that has any influence on the outcome. Even so, Stuart Bingham would have to be considered as the favourite, especially taking into account his wonderful form this season. In 2015, of course, Bingham proceeded to win the championship. An intriguing battle between two former world champions, this has the hallmark of a game that could go right down to the wire. Graeme Dotts record in this event is superb, underlined by the fact that he has featured at the TV stages of the World Championship every year since 2000, bar one. One of six players to claim multiple ranking titles this term, Bingham has only lost to Dott three times in 11 meetings and hammered the Pocket Dynamo when they last crossed paths in Sheffield four year ago.

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We all saw how upset he was in the moments after losing to Higgins in Sheffield but Im sure hes since reflected on how well he played there and how well he stood up to the sustained pressure of the World Championship. He goes into this season as a real dangerman and hopefully with a bit more belief if he gets to another final. David Gilbert David is not so much knocking on the door of winning a big title as threatening to remove it from its hinges.

He almost made it in Yushan and Berlin, and didnt do a great deal wrong in either final to end up losing, so his time may not be long in coming now. David Gilbert Last year I went for Jack Lisowski and although he didnt quite get it done, I still think it may well happen soon. Dave Gilbert had already moved up to a whole new level last season even before his feats in Sheffield. However Im going to go for another player who also reached two ranking finals in the last campaign.

Robertson has never really threatened to add to his 2010 Crucible crown but looks to be in the best form of his life heading into this edition. Only Ronnie OSullivan has managed to stop the Melbourne man in his tracks of late and, with the pair in opposite sides of the 2019 draw, there could be a mouthwatering rematch of their Players Championship and Tour Championship final showdowns of last month. The former Snooker Shoot Out champion has done well to reach this stage but one suspects that hell find himself out of his depth against Robertson, particularly if the 16-time ranking event winner maintains his current hot streak. Neil Robertson is the man in form after a run of four consecutive ranking event finals culminated in the Australian triumphing in the lucrative China Open at the start of April. Michael Georgiou represents Robertsons initial test, the latter proudly becoming the first Cypriot to ever qualify.

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In the same year Higgins beat Trump for the title, Gilbert was having to re-qualify for the tour while Wilson was scrapping for a second chance playing low-key club matches in his native north-east. Higgins and Trump had started as the overwhelming favourites to set up a repeat of their 2011 final against opponents who have spent the best part of a decade battling for their tour survival.

Gilbert has been the better player overall this season, highlighted by his runs to the finals of both the World Open and German Masters. Joe Perry, with his immense experience, was in many peoples eyes the most difficult qualifier to get. The Englishman probably would have been hoping that achievement resulted in an easier opening path but it hasnt really transpired in that fashion. Perry, who beat defending champion Mark Selby in the first round as a qualifier in 2018, is now match sharp and relatively fresh after losing only five frames in the preliminaries at the English Institute of Sport. It has taken David Gilbert 17 years as a professional to break into the top 16 but he picked a good time of the year to achieve it, guaranteeing an automatic World Championship spot for the first time. But Perry is more familiar with the Crucible surroundings and, even as the qualifier, is arguably the marginal favourite for this one. From ten prior encounters with one another, Perry possesses the advantage with six wins to his name.